Dr. Nadia Bening received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University followed by her medical degree at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She was fortunate enough to complete her psychiatric residency right here in Austin through UT Southwestern Medical Programs. In addition to providing care at Happy Mental Wellness Center, she is the Medical Director at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.  She lives in Austin with her husband and 3 boys. Dr. Bening works very closely with Deborah on all cases to ensure exceptional care to patients. 

Happy Mental Wellness Center

Deborah Sant'anna, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has experience working with adolescents and adults in both hospital and clinical settings.  She currently splits her time between her clinic at Happy and Georgetown behavioral health institute (GBHI) where she works in the partial hospitalization program (PHP) and the intensive outpatient program (IOP).  Debbie is originally from Brazil; she is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish. She played professional volleyball and holds numerous championships including 2 NCAA division II National Championships. She enjoys spending time with her family, travel  and  playing volleyball.

If you need additional assistance with referrals, you can email us at happymentalwellness@gmail.com with inquiries.

6611 River Place Blvd. Ste. 203 Austin, Texas 78730 512-296-2392 

Happy will be closing in October...Please Read 


It has been a pleasure serving this community, and it is with mixed emotions that we announce closing the clinic this year.

Due to the transition, we are only seeing established patients at this time.

For Current Clients: Dr. Bening and Debbie have very limited availability (Wednesdays and Saturdays only) and are in the process of referring current patients to their primary providers or other psychiatric providers in the community for continuation of care by fall of 2019. 

We will be officially closed October 1, 2019.  Appointments made after June 1, 2019 will be final appointments and we can provide refills only until October. 

  Psychologytoday.com is a fantastic resource for finding a new psychiatrist, and primary care physicians are often comfortable prescribing psychotropic medications in many instances as long as patients are stable...consider asking yours if applicable.